Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



Document Type



Anxiety is a common emotional reaction in musicians that can negatively influence their performance. Some studies have proved that Music Performance Anxiety (MPA) can be found not only in adults but also in adolescents and children from 3 years old. Since MPA is a significant aspect of musicians’ development, it is essential that music educators take preventive action against MPA in young musicians, specifically under 18 years old. The purpose of this study is to examine the strategies used by music educators to address MPA in young musicians. Educators were interviewed regarding musical performance anxiety and its presence within their students. Major questions guiding this inquiry are: 1) What remedies and strategies do teachers use when preparing students for their musical performances, and 2) How can experienced teachers help young musicians cope with performance anxiety. Results may also contribute as a guide for music educators on how to implement strategies to help young musicians to cope or reduce the potential development of MPA.



Committee Chair

Wei, Yung-chiao